U.S. Sen. John McCain spoke at Spartanburg's King Day celebration and the county GOP's convention Monday in an event-packed day. Elsewhere across the state, hundreds marched in Columbia and remembered King's legacy.
McCain, a two-time presidential candidate from Arizona, told reporters he hadn't decided whether to run again for president, but would make the decision in about a year.
According to the Spartanburg Herald Journal: "During his stop at the auditorium, McCain told the crowd that King had not only saved black people, but that he had saved white people as well.
"'I love this country, but it was not until I lost this country for a while that I realized how much I love it,'" McCain said. "'But I can't say that I loved it as much or served it as well as Dr. King.'"